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Next FoodNetwork Star 7/28--Spoiler!

Okay, there is NO way Nikki should have gone home before Rodney and that's all there is to it. Seems to me they simply wanted to have 2 men and 2 women at the end.

Rodney has made what--one thing?--that anyone thought was good. Why is he still there? (By the way, walking on tip toes and pulling back the shoulders doesn't make that gut look any slimmer. A chef's jacket might be a good investment and allow him to breathe more.)

But I agree with those of you who aren't really interested in watching ANY of these people on their own show. The only one I've liked from the beginning is Demaris. And as someone pointed out before: they spent the first half of the competition telling her not to be herself to then doing an about face and insisting she be more like herself.

If Stacy wins, she could do something like "Vintage Cooking with the Stepford Wives."

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  1. you forgot to mention that Rodnet needs subtitles to understand him.

    1. I like Nikki myself and completely expected her to take this. If she turned this around and pitched a show about finding out what foods are (What is pilaf? What is pesto? What is chutney?) I bet FN would go for it, and if the questions were good ones I'd watch the hell out of that.

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      1. re: ennuisans

        That's actually a good idea. Her POV could be the 'I don't know what the hell I'm talking about so let's learn together.' Brilliant.

      2. ITA that Rodney should have gone home! He's a mess.

        I'm not sure I'd watch any of their shows, but I'm interested to see who takes it. IMO, the two front runners are Demaris and Russell.

        1. I was shocked it wasn't Rodney too. I don't have the issue everyone else seems to have with understanding him. Yeah he's a little garbled but c'mon, it's not that bad. I do think he's fun and can understand him winning points on that but he hasn't made good food 90% of the time. This was one time when Nikki didn't seem to be on top of things, I can't believe they'd kick her out on her lame explanation of rice pilaf. And Alton keeps saying Stacy doesn't connect with the audience. If by that he means she seems plastic and superficial, yes but using the term "connect" doesn't seem to be the best.
          Russell got a little better but he's been so bad overall, I don't see him winning this but who knows.

          I felt bad for the dude whose restaurant they were trying to make over. And would be curious to see Stacy's episode of Rest Imp.

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          1. re: Joanie

            I'm trying to figure out how someone who needed to be on Restaurant Impossible qualifies as a Food Network Star in the first place.

            1. re: rasputina

              I recall, if vaguely, seeing her episode. If my memory serves, her dad had bankrolled her restaurant which had ok food and service but was being mismanaged to the point of unprofitability. I think I remember them not being open for dinner because she wanted to spend time w her family. Robert irvine pointed out that it was probably hurting her bottom line.

              1. re: tex.s.toast

                She is still doing dinner but it's breakfast and lunch where the business is.

                She should take a page from last night's episode, she SERIOUSLY needs to change up her dinner menu. It's pretty stale. Her restaurant is located in a very, very underserved area of San Diego. Extremely suburban with a high percentage of retirees who have lived in the community for 40+ years and a growing influx of young families because the houses are nice and the schools good. There are almost no non-chain sit-down restos. The Trails (Stacey's restaurant) could really serve the community well at dinner if her menu was fresher.

                She's located next door to a regional pizza chain that does more take out than eat in. 2 doors down is a terrible seafood place. Across the parking lot is a fast food Mexican place and around the corner is a beloved Italian place that's been in business 50+ years (and not without their own set of issues). If she could get her menu right she could kick some serious butt at dinner because the options around her are so dull. But the seniors don't want to pay more than $10 for dinner and the families spend their money on other things.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Last night she claimed her resto cleared a million dollars last year.

                  1. re: rasputina

                    thats really not that much for a restaurant of a decent size in a busy/urban area. gross, that is.

                    1. re: tex.s.toast

                      50-60 seat restaurant, in a sleepy suburban neighborhood with many seniors who have lived in the area for 40+ years

                      Customer base that is not willing to pay more than the bare minimum for food. San Diego is not a culinary hot spot by any stretch of the imagination. Neither her location nor her customer base would support a terribly creative menu at price points needed to support it.

                      To do a mil in her location on basically breakfast and lunch is actually pretty amazing. And for the record, I've been in the food business for 35+ years and have spent most of that in commercial kitchens. My parents have owned a house down the street from her restaurant for 40+ years. Given her location and clientele, I'm surprised she even hit a mil; it's a tough location and a tough crowd.

                      1. re: tex.s.toast

                        I was wondering if "cleared" meant net or gross.

                        1. re: Shrinkrap

                          id have to think she meant gross receipts, because if she netted over 1m she'd have said that.

                2. re: rasputina

                  I live down the street from Stacey's restaurant and have been there many times. You have to see the episode, her problem wasn't the food or the decor. Robert Irvine even admitted as much on camera saying "the food is good and the place is clean, why am I here". Well, because she overpaid for the restaurant and wasn't managing her pricing, menu and bills quite right.

                  Her place is primarily a breakfast/lunch place. They do that very well including some outstanding gluten free offerings. I happened to be by her place yesterday about noon and the line was out the door. . .Which is pretty typical.

                  Stacey's restaurant didn't really need the make over as much as it was her business practices.

                  Having met and talked with her many times I'm a bit perplexed as to where this "guarded and aloof"mindset is coming from. She's not that.not a Stepford Wife. But I can see where that is coming from. Stacey is actually pretty nice, but nice is boring and that's the elephant in the room with Stacey. She's boring and not that interesting.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    she seems (on-camera anyway), to a degree, like Lovely, but with more "there" there. its not just that shes boring/not terribly interesting, but that she is those things and, apparently, rather smart because she recognizes it and is doing what she can to cover it up (which is not always enough)

                    1. re: tex.s.toast

                      I don't think she's "covering up", I think she's trying to listen to what they're telling her and trying to adjust to what they're telling her the want, which isn't what she is.

                      If you read any of the Guy Fieri history, that's exactly what he did, as did several other winners. Personally, even though I know Stacey, I don't think it's going to help her win this thing. My money is on Demaris

                    1. re: rasputina

                      Ok since someone posted the name of her restaurant, I googled it and went to their website which is at least easy to navigate and not cluttered too much.

                      Looking at the menu though, it's really boring. I didn't see one thing that I couldn't make myself. And the blog, is just weird. Referring to yourself in the third person and stating your rooting for Stacy.

                      Now that I looked at it, I do vaguely remember that Restaurant Impossible episode. I just don't see anything there that screams, give me a cooking show. I don't see anything inspiring and the menu certainly doesn't reflect her POV of vintage redone.

                      1. re: rasputina

                        I agree. See my comments up thread about her menu.

                        We were talking about this last night watching the show and saying she needed to take a lesson from that epsiode and change up her menu. One of the reasons we don't go very frequently for dinner is becuause there really isn't much on it that appeals. Both burgers are decent, the patty melt needs help. The meatloaf is usually good, but definitely was not the last time.

                        The food is actually pretty decent, but the menu is terribly dull. Breakfast is a far better option than dinner and her gluten free menu is one of the more extensive and better ones in town.

                        My take on this is that she'd like to win Food Network Star so she can get out from under the resto and move on with something else.

                  2. I was shocked it was Nikki and not Rodney too.

                    Here's what I wrote in the other thread regarding this weeks episode

                    Ok so I was watching tonights episode and it finally clicked why I don't like Stacy. She just comes across like a morning talk show host to me. I'm sure she is a very nice person. But I just have no desire to watch her at all. I don't like her for the same reason I can't stand Kelly Ripa.